Sens aim to halt Crosby's hot-streak

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin celebrate Crosby's goal. (REUTERS/Joe Giza)

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin celebrate Crosby's goal. (REUTERS/Joe Giza)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

The goal for the Senators is to shut down Sid the Kid.

Sidney Crosby, riding a 23-point scoring streak, arrives at Scotiabank Place Sunday night as the Senators return from the NHL’s two-day Christmas break to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The task is not easy.

“He can make things out of not very much,” said Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson Sunday.

“He’s so good in tight and he’s got such great balance.

You have to start with managing the puck well when you have it.

“You want to play as much in their end as possible and if they do have the puck, you want to make sure you are back as well.”

Senators coach Cory Clouston doesn’t anticipate any changes, but blueliner Matt Carkner was off the ice the same time as everybody else Sunday and wasn’t given extra skating which means he could play.

He was a healthy scratch in Nashville.

Defenceman Brian Lee appeared to be in some discomfort speaking with the training staff near the bench as the morning skate officially ended around 10:50 a.m.

Clouston didn’t completely rule out a change.

“As of right now, yeah,” said Clouston when asked if Lee would play.

Goaltender Brian Elliott will make the start after 25 saves in a 2-1 victory Thursday in Nashville.

Mike Brodeur has been recalled from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton to dress as the backup.

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire wasn’t on the ice.

He is still struggling a lower body injury and there is no timetable for his return.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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